Agriculture · Social Media

Building better blogs

Last night I participated in my first AgChat, which is a weekly conversation via Twitter (#agchat) for folks involved in the business of growing food, fuel, feed and fiber. It takes place every Tuesday from 8 to 10 p.m. EST. It was created by @mpaynknoper and assisted by @agchatfound. (For more information visit http://agchat.org). Unfortunately I arrived late to the conversation as I was busy earlier in the evening, but I still walked away with an abundance of knowledge. This week’s topic was blogging.

I believe one of the best skills a person can have is the willingness to learn from others. Being able to admit that you don’t know everything and you’re willing to learn is important. As a new blogger, I’ll admit that I have much to learn. And last night I was able to learn from several blog masters. Here’s some of what I learned during the AgChat conversation on blogging:

  • Non-ag posts are what connect to non-ag audiences often times. Don’t only blog about ag. Be yourself.
  • Set an example, reach out, show results.
  • When you are in the mood to blog, capitalize on it and tap that keyboard.
  • When you think of ideas, start draft ag blogs. Pick them up as you find time.
  • Try to shorten the length of your posts so you have more time to visit other blogs to comment. This also helps gain readership.
  • If you’re serious about blogging, try an editorial calendar.
  • Comments are candy. Time to comment on other blogs is key.
  • Don’t intimidate the reader.
  • A lot of folks are curious about production agriculture. Use ag blogs as a way to gain transparency.
  • Being respectful and not being condescending is critical in going beyond the choir.

I encourage people to participate in the weekly AgChat conversations. It’s a way to connect with people in the ag industry, ask questions and learn from others.

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5 thoughts on “Building better blogs

  1. I missed #agchat last night due to some travel, but I am really looking forward to going back through the archives. The tips you posted are great. I have some more information on my blog how to start or improve the design and functionality of blogs if you are using Blogger under my How To Blog Guide. Hopefully, I’ll be able to make the next #agchat and we can chat!
    wwww.crystalcattle.com

    1. I’ll definitely check out the info. on your blog about design and functionality. I’m using WordPress but some of the info. may still apply. Thanks!

  2. My colleague Liz Hover has lots of great blogging tips on her website! Lizhover.com

    She also does workshops around the city every so often; if you can attend one I recommend it! 🙂

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